Several people had suggested I meet up with Mike Gentry - his work, Anchorhead, had itself turned a bunch of heads with its style, emotion, and approach. While one can never really tell what someone is "first" and "second", he seemed a great writer first who happened to use interactive fiction to tell one of his stories, not unlike Adam Cadre with Photopia. So we made an arrangement to meet in Virginia, at his home.
You never know how things will turn out for any interview, and in Mike's case, his interview was cut short for the silliest of reasons - it was Sunday, and one of the neighbors was working on something that required a very loud, very screeching tool, either a saw or grinder, to assemble. Over time, the screeching got to the point that we couldn't go on... but I definitely got a good collection of quotes from him, which were used in a few places in the main episode. This 18 minute collection of quotes, however, shows the actual depth of Mike's thinking along the lines of what Interactive Fiction can do in the hands of someone thinking of it as a writer first.
Shot of Mike Gentry sitting in front of a bookshelf.